Today's News

  • UPDATE: Additional bank robber photos released

    The Shallotte Police Department has been able to secure additional images of the suspect in Wednesday's bank robbery. The search for the subject is ongoing.

    At 2:18 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, a male suspect robbed First Community Bank at 4949 Main St. in Shallotte after handing a teller a note at the counter. He ran out the door with an undetermined amount of money and entered a wooded area.

  • Authorities search for alleged bank robber

    Local law enforcement is responding to a bank robbery reported Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 17, in Shallotte.

    According to police, a male suspect robbed First Community Bank at 4949 Main St. at 2:18 p.m.

    The suspect is described as a white male wearing a green hooded sweatshirt with a white undershirt. The suspect is described as 5-feet-7 to 5-feet-9 inches tall and 150 to 170 pounds. 

  • North Brunswick Chamber hosts first NC Rice Festival September 20-21

    The first North Carolina Rice Festival, a new weekend event to recognize the cash crop that helped establish Brunswick County, is coming Sept. 20-21.

    The festival will be held at the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park at 580 River Road, just across the street from Belville Elementary, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21.

    W.C. Lanier, owner of Cape Fear Wildlife Expo, has partnered with the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce to create the event based on festivals in rice states of Texas, Georgia, Louisiana and Arkansas.

  • County approves additional $92,000 to hire contractor for Waccamaw Park renovation

    Brunswick County commissioners agreed to increase costs and cut back on some amenities to start the renovations of Waccamaw Park.

    At the Sept. 15 county meeting, the board approved awarding the Waccamaw Park construction bid to L.M. McLamb Construction of Calabash.

    Jim Pryor, Director of Parks & Recreation told the board it took two rounds of the formal bid process to select a contractor.

    The first bid opening was to be held on July 1, but only two bids were received.

  • UPDATE: Ex-Leland officer arrested after high-speed chase, shooting

    Seven felony charges for attempted murder and assault on a law enforcement officer have been lodged against a former Leland police lieutenant captured by local law enforcement following a high-speed chase involving gunfire Tuesday night, Sept. 16, in Brunswick and Horry, S.C., counties.

    Brunswick County deputies were trying to serve warrants on former Leland police Lt. Howard “Hank” Smith of Supply about 8:30 p.m. when he fled from deputies and a chase ensued, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Willoughbys club and big red food truck stand out in Leland

    The big red food truck parked along Ocean Highway between Magnolia Greens and Brunswick Forest is something new to the Leland scenery.

    Willoughbys, the recently opened restaurant and bar, is something new as well.

    Owner Tom Miller wanted to build an oasis that brings different types of food and entertainment to the town.

    “My wife said the house is paid off, the kids went to college. Go ahead and do it,” Miller said.

  • Student faces charges in weekend crash that killed schoolmate, injured six others

    By Sam Hickman

    and Brian Slattery

    Staff Writers

    A West Brunswick High School student faces charges in a weekend crash that killed one of his schoolmates and injured six others.

    Joshua Coleman, 17, of Supply will be charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, driving left of center and violations of a graduated license, which include driving after 9 p.m. without a supervising driver and exceeding passenger limit, District Attorney’s Office administrative assistant Michelle Ingram confirmed Tuesday, Sept. 16.

  • Attorneys: School board members owe district $1,920 each

    Each of the five Brunswick County Board of Education members must repay Brunswick County Schools for raises they received unlawfully in fiscal years 2013 and 2014.

    Board members unlawfully approved raises for themselves as part of the 2015 district budget they approved at special called Aug. 28 meeting. Those raises were voided almost two weeks later after board attorney Rick Green and Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall determined the sole authority to adjust local school board salary and expenses rests with the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners.

  • Gone, but never forgotten: Brunswick County honors heroes

     SUPPLY — Never forget — That’s the message retired firefighters sent to a patriotic crowd at Brunswick Community College on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that took the lives of nearly 3,000 American civilians, including 343 New York City firefighters.

    For the 11th consecutive year, a memorial service was held on the BCC campus by the Carolinas Retirees Association of the Fire Department of New York after a motorcade left South Carolina.

  • General election absentee voting has already begun

    Mid-September isn’t typically thought of as election season, but the polls are open – so to speak.

    Absentee ballots became available Sept. 12, 60 days prior to election day, Nov. 4.

    Brunswick County Director of Elections Sara Knotts said by Monday 112 ballots had already been requested and mailed.

    “Absentee ballots will pick up. It starts sixty days before the election so people are not in election mode,” Knotts said.